A Novelist’s Life At UW-Madison, Wisconsin’s Fiscal Health Amid Coronavirus, The Effectiveness Of Social Distancing

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People keep their distance from each other while waiting in line to enter a Trader Joe’s grocery store in San Francisco, Saturday, March 21, 2020. Jeff Chiu/AP Photo

We interview a novelist and talk about his time as a graduate student at UW-Madison. Then we look at how Wisconsin’s economy now compares to where it was prior to the Great Recession. And an epidemiologist discusses how effective social distancing can be in reducing the coronavirus spread.

Featured in this Show

  • Brandon Taylor Reflects On 'Real Life,' Time In Madison

    We speak with scientist-turned-novelist Brandon Taylor about his debut novel Real Life and his experience living in Madison as a University of Wisconsin graduate student.

  • New Report Examines Wisconsin's Fiscal Health Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

    Fears of a recession loom as the COVID-19 outbreak continues nationwide. We talk to a policy analyst about the state of Wisconsin’s financial health as the virus continues to spread, and how it compares to the budget before the Great Recession.

  • How Social Distancing, Safer-At-Home Guidelines Are Impacting The Coronavirus Outbreak

    President Trump announced Sunday his administration is extending social distancing guidelines until April 30 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This comes as more states implement stay-at-home policies. We talk to an epidemiologist about how these measures are working and what it means for Wisconsin.

Episode Credits

  • John Munson Host
  • J. Carlisle Larsen Producer
  • Judith Siers-Poisson Interviewer
  • Brandon Taylor Guest
  • Jason Stein Guest
  • Malia Jones Guest

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